Gold store owner arrested for 30 million baht money laundering
Police said they arrested a “key” suspect who allegedly earned millions of baht leading a human trafficking operation. After the man was arrested, police accessed his bank account and said he had earned around 14 million baht over the past year, with his income increasing during the Covid-19 outbreaks.
Over the past year, officers have stepped up border patrols along the Thai-Myanmar border and focused on capturing migrants who entered Thailand illegally through natural crossings, avoiding checkpoints. and the mandatory quarantine period. Following the December Covid-19 outbreak at Samut Sakhon fishing center, just southwest of Bangkok, infecting hundreds of migrant workers, officers focused on cracking down on labor traffickers ‘artwork.
The suspected trafficker, Hasim Jirakitbamrung, was recently arrested in the Thong Pha Phum district of Kanchanaburi. Hundreds of Burmese migrants have been detained in the province in recent months, and many have said they have jobs created in Thailand. Police say Hasim is a “major human trafficker”.
“Investigations revealed that the suspect had around 14 million baht in his bank account over the past year and that his income had doubled as the spread of Covid-19.”
When the police examined Hasim’s bank account, they found that every transfer made to the account before December was between 100,000 and 600,000 baht. The account was reactivated in April. Police also searched his home in Sangkhla Buri district and found bank books indicating deposits of 5 million baht had been made, along with SIM cards and Thai nationality documents.
Police learned of Hasim’s existence earlier after the arrest of one of his suspected gang members, Kriangsak Janya, who faces charges for allegedly trafficking 19 Burmese migrants in Thailand. He reportedly told police that Hasim paid him 2,000 baht to smuggle migrants.
SOURCE: Bangkok Post
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